California Catholic Conference elects Bishop Vann as secretary/treasurer

Orange diocese bishop replaces Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey

The following comes from a November 16 Orange County Catholic article: Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, has been elected by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops as its Secretary/Treasurer. Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference said: “Bishop Vann has shown a keen interest in public policy since he moved to the … [Read more...]

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Changing course on Christ Cathedral

Diocese works to trim price tag of renovating iconic Orange County building

The following comes from an April 22 Orange County Register article by Deepa Bharath: Faced with major cost overruns in renovating the Christ Cathedral sanctuary, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has moved to rein in the project’s construction expenses and streamline operations at the sprawling campus, church officials said this week. The diocese bought the 34-acre … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vann to anoint patients during World Day of the Sick Mass

The following comes from a January 25 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange news release: The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange will anoint ill patients with holy oil and bless the hands of caregivers with holy water brought from the consecrated grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France; February 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. This grotto is … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vann on the chapels of Christ Cathedral

Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation honors the Sister of St. Joseph

The following comes from a July 22 OC Catholic article by Bishop Vann: Many of us, when we have had the chance to visit a great church like the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., St. Peter’s in Rome and other cathedrals and houses of worship, also have a chance to visit smaller chapels in these great places of prayer, worship and music. What a blessing we now have on … [Read more...]

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Orange County faith leaders join forces against suicide bill

Universalists: there comes a time when life is no longer usable

The following comes from an March 28 Orange County Register article by Roger Smith: Compassion and Choices, the nonprofit that has been advocating for the passage of the End of Life law, has maintained that terminally ill individuals should have the right to choose the time of their death. But faith leaders with significant followings in Orange County say the legislation … [Read more...]

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$20 million donation for Christ Cathedral

‘One of the most important things going on in the Catholic world and America’

The following comes from a Dec. 3 story in the Orange County Register. A donor who asked not to be named has donated $20 million to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to help fund its multimillion-dollar renovation and transformation of the 34-acre campus that was once home to Robert A. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral. The donation, which will be paid off within seven … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral – the transformation

Video and interactive map

  The following comes from a Sept. 24 posting on Whispers in the Loggia. The rollout is on – three years since its $57.5 million acquisition, the centerpiece plans for Crystal Cathedral's transformation into the seat of the 1.3 million-member diocese of Orange are being released at this hour at the Garden Grove site. Currently slated for dedication as Christ … [Read more...]

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